The Missouri Southern University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 9th in the NCAA Division II standings released on March 8th.
The Lions finished the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 26-5. Missouri Southern faced Midwestern State in the South Central Regional of the NCAA tournament and fell 75-52.
The Lions’ Season
The Lions have had a successful season with a disappointing loss. They faced Midwestern State in the semifinals and fell 75-52. Turnovers and fast break points led to the loss of this game. Midwestern State forced the Lions into 18 turnovers, scoring 26 points off this alone.
They also outscored the Lions 40-26 in the paint and held a 22-2 advantage in fast break points. The Lions also shot 33.9% from the field and only 57% from the foul line, while Midwestern shot 42% from the field. This was the quickest team the Lions had ever faced and it showed.
There is still much to be proud of as Missouri Southern won its first regular season title since the 1999-2000 season and had the third most wins in a season in program history. Head Coach Robert Corn leads the Lions but expects Skyler Bowlin, Jason Adams, and Marquis Addison to win games.
About The Team
Head Coach Robert Corn is in his 22nd season with the Lions. He is from the graduating class of ’78 and his familiarity with the program shows. Corn has guided the Lions to 17 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths, of which 12 were in a row, and two trips to the NCAA tournament.
Corn was named this year’s MIAA Coach of the Year and led the Lions to the program’s second regular season MIAA title in program history. They also won 19 conference games in one season under Corn’s guidance.
Senior Skyler Bowlin was named MIAA Player of the Year, All-MIAA First Team, Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and MIAA’s All-Defensive Team.
Bowlin is Missouri Southern’s all-time leader in three-pointers, and also leads the MIAA in steals and assists. Bowlin is the Missouri Southern all-time leader in three-pointers with 219, has 1,637 career points, 546 assists, and 261 steals. He was also named to the Daktronics South Central Region First-Team and Player of the Year.
Junior Jason Adams was named to the All-MIAA First Team and Daktronics South Central Second Team. He averages 19.5 points per game and has over 1,300 career points. Adams has scored double-figures in 53 consecutive games and counting. Freshman Marquis Addison was named MIAA’s Freshman of the Year. He averages 9.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 49% from the field.
About The School
Missouri Southern State University is located in Joplin, MO and is within minutes of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. MSSU has evolved from an outstanding junior college to a comprehensive four-year state school that offers bachelor and master degrees. There are over 6,000 students studying nearly 200 academic programs.